Karissa Friesen
2 min readFeb 20, 2023
DALL·E 2 prompt: “The divine spirits of cooperation, adjustments, denial, ideals, and traction in a gentle oil painting of a lush landscape.”

Making predictions is, or can be, really fun! I remain really proud of this little project.

Making predictions can be hell! Probably the most difficult part of it for me is fusing hope with reality. Going through hell can have its place though (I’ll allow it).

Just because I say something out loud, or make a public statement, doesn’t mean I’ll do it! And just because I don’t say something out loud (or not make a public statement) doesn’t mean I won’t do it. This may very well be nearly universally applicable, which relieves a lot of anxiety.

If/then statements can also be hell. Much preferred is If X, then Y, Z, Σ, ?, ∆, ∞, …

Time, as a concept, can be a medium, a limiting factor, and a great (as in broad) healer. Risk, as a concept, can also be a medium, a catalyst, and a temporary solution for acute pain.

Chronic, as a concept, is not quite the same as dedication or self-discipline, but it has that similar staying power.

The speed in which bridges can burn down sometimes feels inversely proportional to the severity of the damage. Like, “it happened so quickly but was so devastating,” and the effects — so permanent. I wish there was a better way to communicate this.

Decaying bridges can also be devastating, but in a drawn-out way, and in a way that mixes in denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

Unstable bridges are just generally unpleasant, and this may also be one of those nearly universally felt things. Although now that I’ve said that, I’m actually not really sure. I’ve been on both sides and it gets a bit tricky.